Brian grew up in White Haven, Pennsylvania, where he enjoyed participating in his local Boy Scout Troop, school bands, and church. He is proud to say he is an Eagle Scout and was awarded the Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow. During middle and high school, he played on the drumline in the marching band and the percussion sections of the concert and jazz bands. While both of these activities consumed much of his time, he still remained as active as possible in his church.
Brian attended St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church with his family throughout his childhood and enjoyed volunteering for various church and community events. He also frequently served as acolyte/crucifer during worship and as the 1st-3rd grade Sunday School teacher for three years.
Brian graduated from Crestwood High School in 2011 and began classes at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Meteorology. After two years of meteorology courses, Brian realized that his path did not involve a career in meteorology but instead in ministry. Brian changed his major to a B.A. in religious studies after his sophomore year and graduated in May 2015 with a minor in nonprofit organizational studies tacked on.
During his time at the University of Oklahoma, he happily continued his work in meteorology via a job at the Oklahoma Mesonet, but also served as the peer associate and president in campus ministry at University Lutheran Church and Student Center in Norman. After graduation, he had the amazing opportunity to work at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp near Hillside, Colorado, as the travel support director. This role allowed him some discernment opportunities as well as the chance to connect with camp participants and congregational leaders from many parts of the country.
Currently, Brian is a full-time student at Luther Seminary working towards a master of divinity degree. He is a candidate for ordination in the ELCA through the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod. He is also very excited to serve as the children’s ministry coordinator at Shepherd of the Hills and looks forward to meeting new people and the opportunity to serve the youngest ones in our midst.